Client Stories:

PR Executive Caroline Kalentzos’ Whole Home Makeover

client: Caroline and Costa Kalentzos

location: Richmond, VA

design consultant: Maja Ruza-Wilderson

Custom walk in closet solution in a white cabinet finish designed

What Caroline Kalentzos Wanted

A stylish, particular, and extremely organized couple, PR executive and blogger Caroline Kalentzos and her husband Costa had grand dreams for their new Mediterranean home. Storage and style were of equal importance: Caroline can’t stand clutter, plus she planned to photograph her space often for her blog, so the home needed to consider both. With floor plans in place and an aesthetic vision of white, glam, and clean, the couple was ready to explore custom closet solutions — and then some – with California Closets Richmond.

California Closets took care of every request, bringing our modern meets Mediterranean house dreams to life. I still wake up every morning and pinch myself.

Caroline Kalentzos
Custom shoe shelving in a matte white finish
Costa Kalentzos browses clothing in his custom two tone walk in closet

How California Closets did it

After discussing closet ideas, design consultant Maya Ruza-Wilkerson informed the couple that California Closets creates custom storage for the whole home. Before long, Caroline’s project list included the laundry room, media nook, kitchen pantry, and several more closets.

His-and-her primary closets were still top of the list: for Caroline’s closet, Maya prioritized elegant storage for designer wear and accessories, matching her vision of white and gold through finishes and hardware. In Costa’s closet, Maya emphasized the island’s stunning Dalmata stone with a black and white color scheme.

To organize Caroline’s coats, Maya transformed the bedroom’s seating area into storage space complete with a champagne fridge. She even customized the laundry room to organize every necessity from detergent to dog beds.

My favorite feature is Caroline’s bag/shoe display, which came out beautifully with glass doors and lighting. It looks like a luxury boutique that she has the pleasure of shopping in every day!

Maya Ruza-Wilderson, Design Consultant

final result

In total, ten custom designed storage solutions completely transformed the couple’s new home. From hidden storage to gorgeous hardware, every detail is considered for a beautifully organized space catered entirely to Caroline and Costa.

Design Details


Classic White

High gloss white

High gloss black


Matte brass round poles and valet rods

Tilt-out hampers

Jewelry inserts

Acrylic dividers and cubbies

Glass doors

Gold hardware

Birch dovetail drawers

Graphite pulls

Additional Accessories:

Ribbon lights

*Note: product availability may vary by location

Meet the team

California Closets Profile Image Placeholder Maja Ruza-Wilderson Design Consultant

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